GSMAR October 2022

Newsletter #46

It is Fall Y’all !!!

Whose favorite season is Fall? For me it’s a tie between Spring and Fall but I absolutely love the Fall colors, smells and flavors. Seeing the mountains light up with oranges, reds and yellows has always been special. The corn mazes, the hay rides, the evenings around the firepit, the hot cider and so much more, speak to my soul. Traditionally throughout history, Fall was a celebration of the harvest. It was a time to celebrate all the hard work that went into growing from seed to fruition. The Fall festivals were a celebration of all they received from the land, to take them through the harsh Winters. Today, with modern machinery, we don’t celebrate the harvest as much but we still crave the tastes of Fall and the seasonal offerings farmers bring to our tables. Just last night at the grocery store, my wife and I bought some butternut squash so we can make some yummy soup out of it. I don’t know about you but my tastes changed when the cool air invaded right on time this year. I’m now craving soups and stews a whole lot more. Couple that with some warm bread and an apple pie slice and you’ve got one heck of a meal. I Can’t wait! 

Submit your favorite Fall recipes to so we can publish them in the November Newsletter for everyone to try!

October is already off to a quick start and will continue to be busy throughout the month. As always you can sign up for any event or class on Navica or by contacting a staff member. Once October is over, we will not be having any classes in Nov. or Dec. So, get you CE in while you have a chance now.

October 6th- Membership Breakfast

October 10th- GSMAR Offices Closed for Columbus Day

October 11th- Residential Core Course 9a-3:30p     Last Core class of 2022

October 18th & 19th- SRS Designation Class

October 28th- Friendly Friday Halloween Costume Contest

October 31st & November 1st- e-PRO Certification Class

Throughout October: Supra eKey and MLS billing, check your Navica profile to see and pay your invoice. Last day to pay without a late fee is 10/31/22

October 20th from 3p-6p Come see the candidates for our 2023 Board of Directors before voting at our Meet and Greet. 

October 21st 8a- October 28th 5p- Voting is open for the 2023 Board of Directors. This will be done electronically and emails will be sent out with details.

Save the Date

YPN Tailgating Event November 5th during the UT vs GA game

We will have the game live on our big screen TV’s at GSMAR in Haskins Hall.

More info on cost and time will be emailed out later

November 2nd: Major Investor Luncheon

If you are a Major Investor in RPAC this year, then this event is for you. 

A little thank you luncheon for our investors


New Dues Structure

The Board of Directors has decided to go with committee suggestions to raise some dues and lower other dues. Beginning immediately with our current MLS and eKey billing, MLS Only Participant/Subscribers will pay $540. All Primary and Secondary members MLS dues will remain the same at $415.

In July’s membership billing and for any new Primary or Secondary member just signing up with us, GSMAR membership dues have lowered from $296 down to $250. 

We want the fee structure at GSMAR to benefit our members as they continue to deal with the changing environment in the real estate industry. We believe, between the reduced membership dues and all the benefits we still offer, our GSMAR members will continue to grow and support our area. 

Save the date

The annual GSMAR Christmas Party is on 

Friday December 9th from 6pm-10pm

Tickets on sale starting Nov. 1st

Per Person ticket $40

Table of 8 $500 plus recognized during party

Affiliate Sponsorship $250 plus gift basket of $25 or more for door prizes

 includes two tickets and recognition during the party. 

Women's Council's Nightmare Before Halloween

October 21st 


Sevierville Civic Center, 200 Gary R Wade Blvd, Sevierville, TN 37862, USA

This costume required party, is put on by the Women's Council. This annual party brings Karaoke, dancing and tons of fun. 

Contact Penny Cowell for more info.

More info on this coming soon.

Tennessee REALTORS® is proud to unveil a new member benefit, insurance by CapCare.

      Capcare was founded on the premise of providing a single-source, turn-key employee healthcare solution to businesses seeking innovative alternative risk management solutions for their employee healthcare programs that are affordable and more transparent. 

Keep an eye out for more information coming from the state soon.

We’d like to thank all of our Affiliates for such a great year of sponsorships. 

Look for our upcoming Affiliate Appreciation Luncheon, 

on October 28th 11a-1p, 

as a way to say thank you for all you do for the GSMAR members. 

Affiliates and Members are welcome to come. 

Sign ups through Eventbrite and Navica will be sent out soon.

We look forward to working with all of you for the rest of this year into our upcoming new year.

Remember, we will be having our annual Christmas Party on 

Friday December 9th from 6-10pm at the Ridge in Sevierville. 

We need sponsors for the party. Sponsorship is $250, it includes two tickets and advertising for your business. We also ask for our sponsors to bring a gift basket valued at $25 or more for our door prizes. 

Contact staff at GSMAR for sponsorship.

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee and all the 2023 Board of Director Candidates would like to invite you to a 

Meet and Greet on October 20th from 3p-6p

This gives our members an opportunity to meet all the 2023 BOD candidates and talk with them before the election on 

October 21st 8a-October 28th 5pm.

The election will be held electronically. Notifications will be sent out prior to the election. 

Only Primary and Secondary members of GSMAR can vote.


YPN will be holding a tailgate party on 

November 5th for the UT vs GA Game.

There will be food and drinks before and during the game.

The game will be televised live in Haskins Hall.

Time will be announced when the game is scheduled by the SEC.


To say thank you to all the 2022 major investors, the RPAC Committee will be hosting a 

Major Investor Luncheon on November 2nd at 11am

More info on event location will be sent out to those who qualify as major investors for 2022.

Community Involvement

 We are still taking donations for Isaiah House, specifically gift cards to retail stores like Wal-Mart and restaurants like Taco Bell or McDonalds. Isaiah House provides a temporary home for children being relocated from an abusive home to a foster home. In this process between homes, Isaiah House provides clothes and food for the children as most only have the clothes they are wearing when displaced. Please consider donating a gift card today. You can drop off your cards at the GSMAR office.

If gift cards aren't your thing, then drop off non-perishable foods for the Sevier County Food Ministry or a check would work as well.

Applications for the 2023 committees are being collected now!

Even if you served on a committee this year, you will need to fill one out and turn it in. 

We need your help to grow GSMAR into an association that gives back to the community and members. Without committees, nothing could be done, 

so help us out and volunteer just an hour or two per month for a great cause. 

Applications can be found in Navica under resources, then Documents. 

Look for the member involvement form, 5th one down.

Turn them in to or drop them off at the GSMAR offices.

Congratulations to Penny Cowell for being selected to the

Resort & Second Home Real Estate Committee at NAR. 

The RSHREC monitors, reviews, and recommends policies on issues and trends affecting resort and vacation markets, sponsors education and networking opportunities and recommends services to support the success of Resort Specialists.

Congratulations to Devin Cowell for being selected to NAR’s

Leading Edge Advisory Board

The Leading Edge Advisory Board’s goal is to provide feedback to the Strategic Thinking Advisory Committee in identifying, analyzing and providing input on emerging issues and the competitive landscape regarding the industry and association.

Congratulations to Rebecca Marcum for being selected to NAR’s

Association Executive Committee (AEC)-RCE Certification Advisory Board

AEC RCE Certification Advisory Board Goals

Goal #1

Increase the number of candidates applying for the designation to ensure greater professionalism amongst the ranks of REALTOR® association executives.

Goal #2

Ensure that REALTOR® association volunteer leaders are aware of the RCE designation and know that it raises the bar of professionalism and provides greater value to the association’s members and the community.

Goal #3

Develop and maintain all RCE policies and procedures; grade Section VI of the Applicant Data Form (ADF).

Goal #4

Continue to offer a bi-annual RCE Virtual Study Group, facilitated by RCE candidates and monitored by RCE Certification Advisory Board members, to help prepare candidates for the RCE exam.

Congratulations to Devin Cowell and Sandra Brown for completing the 

2022 A.R.E.A. (Academy of Real Estate Advancements)


To empower and equip Tennessee REALTORS® to lead.


The purpose of our Tennessee REALTORS® Leadership Program is

to identify emerging REALTOR® leaders. A.R.E.A. will empower the

individuals in the program to maximize their leadership potential.

• Participation is open to all active Tennessee REALTORS® in good

standing with the Association and with the Tennessee Real Estate

Commission (TREC).

• Attendance at all sessions is mandatory. One excused absence is

permitted but the absence will result in not graduating with his/her

class. The absence may be made up during the following year’s

program and the participant will then graduate with the next class.

• The cost of this comprehensive leadership program is $899 and

includes all courses, meals, required overnight accommodations,

class materials and mileage.

Mission and Purpose of A.R.E.A.